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Drop Networks, Label-Creation Services Sustain Shipments of Fraudulent Purchases

Most often, headlines fixate only on the loss of sensitive personal data and payment card information in the wake of a data breach. There is another—and often ignored—piece to this segment of the underground economy: cashing out by criminals, in particular through fraudulent purchases. A network of illicit communities supports this part of the theft […]

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RDP Access to Hacked Servers Still a Thriving Business on Deep & Dark Web

Deep & Dark Web markets selling remote desktop protocol (RDP) access to hacked servers or tools that scan for and brute-force these instances continue to thrive for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the money, time and effort RDP access spares a criminal entity from having to develop more complex attacks. […]

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Cybercriminal Abuse of Rewards Points

November 20, 2017

Cybercriminal interest in stolen data is not solely limited to financial or personally identifiable information. In fact, Flashpoint analysts have observed Deep & Dark Web chatter pertaining to the exploitation of rewards points programs, especially those associated with travel. This chatter aligns with cybercriminals’ interest in fraudulent booking services for hotels, airline tickets, and car […]

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Evolution of the Russian-Language Underground’s Anonymizing Technology

October 5, 2017

Much like a virus that continually mutates to render previously-effective vaccines obsolete, cybercriminals’ ongoing development of new anonymizing technologies empowers them to obfuscate their identities while carrying out illicit schemes. Throughout the Russian-language underground in particular, many adversaries have been known to spend hundreds of dollars on tools designed to help them sidestep the latest […]

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Turkish Organizations Exploited in Terror Finance Scheme

September 20, 2016

New evidence supports allegations that jihadists are exploiting Turkish organizations to launder donations to armed groups involved in the Syrian civil war. While closely studying a network of websites that operate as an online portal for Turkic Islamist rebel groups, Flashpoint analysts noted a recent article from a Turkic jihadist publication about a first-hand visit […]

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